On the weekend of 3rd-5th December, Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) presented the 26th Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival — Tom of Finland 101: Raw Anatomy. An estimated 1,400 people attended. This was the first year the Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival was held at at Second Home and the first in-person Festival they have hosted in two years.
Some of the artists were Peter Kalisch, Aimee Goguen, Tom Rees, Karisa Gregorio, Mikko Juhani Rasila, Patrick Mizumoto, Carlos Rodriguez, Diego De Leon, Jose Tinoco, Van Jazmin, Creighton Baxter, Abe Garcia, Angela Divina, Shelley Cohen, Nick Burger, Emily Lucid, Thomas Green, Josh Paul Thomas and Daniel Crook.
On Sunday, Okko-Pekka Salmimies, Consul General of Finland in Los Angeles, opened the awards ceremony. Musician and artist Martín Sorrondeguy was inducted into the Tom of Finland Foundation Artist Hall of Fame by Danny Fuentes, a 2019 Tom of Finland Foundation Achievement Award recipient. Suzanne Shifflett was given a 2021 Tom of Finland Foundation Achievement Award presented to her by Christopher Harrity, who received a 2019 Tom of Finland Foundation Inspiration Award. The Tom of Finland Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Lloyd L. Clayton, former Executive Director of the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, by Tom of Finland Foundation Board of Directors member Graylin Thorton.
LA Plays Itself started screening early on Saturday and continued through all day Sunday in the Screening Room. On Sunday Life Drawing Session ran when the doors opened until early afternoon where artists were painting or drawing live subjects. Second Home proved perfect for screenings of Fred Halsted’s beautifully restored film masterpiece, a talk on “the masculine” in queer erotic art; and readings by Steven Reigns and William E. Jones, presented by David Kordansky Gallery. Life drawing sessions, videos, and performances by Murmurs Gallery took place in unique spaces framed by lush landscape.
The online version of Raw Anatomy, opened on 4th December 4 and continues till 24th March, giving people the opportunity to discover 100-plus artists. It features galleries for the UK/EU, exhibitors, and both online and attending artists.
“We wanted to offer the opportunity for global artists to participate and showcase their work,” says curator Dr. Gary Everett. The UK/EU section is curated by Everett and Stuart Sandford. “I know you will enjoy these inspiring and diverse artists,” Sandford affirmed.
ToFF announced the first solo presentation of the winner of the 2020 Tom of Finland Emerging Artists Competition, Mr. Gruts. Tom of Finland Store was a sponsor of the Competition and hosts Mr. Gruts: Love and Power on their platform via the ToFF OVR.
Published: 17th December 2021Tags: #TomOfFinland101, The Leather Journal, ToF Art Fair 2021
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